Posts Tagged Family

Michael Irvin poses shirtless for equality in Out Magazine

Michael Irvin, the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, has posed for the cover of Out Magazine to show his support for equality. In the feature interview, he addresses equality, women, football, masculinity, and religion.

Aside from his football skills (he is in the Hall of Fame and, along with Emmit Smith and Troy Aikman, comprised the all-star group known as the “triplets”), Irvin has previously been known for his flamboyant fashion (he famously showed up to his arraignment on drug charges in a long fur coat), drug use, womanizing, and trouble with the law, including accusations of violence and sexual assault — some of which are still pending in various stages.

So I was surprised to see him featured on ...

Michael Irvin, the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, has posed for the cover of Out Magazine to show his support for equality. In the feature interview, he addresses equality, women, football, masculinity, and religion.

Aside from ...

Report back from the Annual Conference of the Council on Contemporary Families

A guest post from Stephanie Coontz, a renowned author of many books, most recently A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s and teacher of family studies at The Evergreen State College. You can read our Feministing Five with her and Courtney’s review of her new book.

I just returned from the annual conference of the Council on Contemporary Families, a group that is a terrific resource for the latest research on gender, sexuality, family trends, and race, ethnic, and class diversity.

“Tipping Point? What Minority Families Become the Majority” was the theme of the April 8-9 Conference at the University of Illinois Chicago. Highlights included an evaluation of the interpersonal implications of ...

A guest post from Stephanie Coontz, a renowned author of many books, most recently A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s and teacher of family studies at The Evergreen State ...

Millennials care more about parenting than marriage.

The last few years we have seen extensive data on the changing face of the American family. According to the American Community Survey an annual study done by the Census Bureau, there are 104 million unmarried Americans representing 45% of the adult population. Since 2005, the majority of US households are not headed by married couples and the number of non-married-couple households have grown. The most recent data was the Obama Administration’s comprehensive report on women and girls released this month which found on average, men and women are waiting to marry.

Another study released yesterday from the Pew Research Center found that millennials (that’s anyone who is 19-29 today) think parenting is more important than marriage.

A 2010 ...

The last few years we have seen extensive data on the changing face of the American family. According to the American Community Survey an annual study done by the Census Bureau, there are 104 million unmarried ...

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Not Oprah’s Book Club: The Unfinished Revolution

I had the absolute pleasure of sharing the stage recently with NYU professor and feminist sociologist Kathleen Gerson. Ann has written poignantly about her great book, The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America. I wanted to revisit it because there is just too much interesting stuff not to…

The big takeaway is that, as Gerson writes, “The tensions between changing lives and resistant institutions have created dilemmas for everyone.” As a generation that watched our parents struggle to find work/life balance in a world that doesn’t support it, we want more, but are pretty sober about the realities we face in trying to pursue it.

Further, the mainstream media’s constant pitting of ...

I had the absolute pleasure of sharing the stage recently with NYU professor and feminist sociologist Kathleen Gerson. Ann has written poignantly about her great book, The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping ...

Awkward New Study Has Even More Awkward New Finding


Telegraph UK is reporting that women in this generation have three times more sexual partners on average than their grandmothers did. From the article:

“Almost one in 10 of those asked said that they had had slept with more than 10 lovers by the age of 24. The average was 5.65 people.

By contrast, women of their mother’s generation, who were in their early twenties in the 1980s, had had an average of 3.72 sexual partners by the same age.

And…women of their grandmother’s generation, aged 24 in the 1960s, averaged…1.67 partners.”

Now I’m not one to dwell on the numbers — I don’t think number of sexual partners is necessarily a factor that ...


Telegraph UK is reporting that women in this generation have three times more sexual partners on average than their grandmothers did. From the article:

“Almost one in 10 ...

Shirt that reads 'You can head South, but your mom is riding West"

Lebron, Family Honor, and Yo Momma


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been following the Lebron James story with great interest. For those who don’t follow sports (or live under a rock), Lebron recently announced that he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat, after much hype, speculation, conspiracy theories, and an hour-long ESPN special. That’s all fine and good. I’m not foolish enough to try to opine on such a still touchy subject in a public forum.
What I WILL talk about is the fact that for months, the critical backlash against Lebron has involved blatant, disrespectful, and anti-feminist slut-shaming of his mother based on rumors that she slept with Delonte West, another player on the ...


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been following the Lebron James story with great interest. For those who don’t follow sports (or live under a rock), Lebron recently announced that he would be leaving ...

Dark Skinned White Girls?

“Now half and half mixed girls
I know what the battle be
Everytime you go out it’s… whats your nationality?”
Everybody always wanna dig up in ya background
You don’t look… now how does that sound?
I couldn’t tell you were… oh is that right?
Do you take it as a compliment or start up a fight?
Venezuelan and Indian, Rican and Dominican
Japanese or Portuguese, Quarter of Brazilian
White and Korean, Black and Pinay
I can find out later
It don’t matter, ya fly” – Murs

What does it mean to be a dark skinned white girl? And what is a dark skinned white girl?

I attended Families on the Fault Lines at UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and ...

“Now half and half mixed girls
I know what the battle be
Everytime you go out it’s… whats your nationality?”
Everybody always wanna dig up in ya background
You don’t look… now how does that sound?
I ...

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